3.6 of 5 (18 votes)

The Zennor Coastal Circular

A leisurely walk (coast) in Cornwall, England, about 6.00km (3.73 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 102m (334ft)
Descent 120m (393ft)
Max. Elevation 140m (459ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 222m (727ft)
Start & End
St Ives or Penzance
Distance 6.00km
Duration ~2:00h
Ordnance Survey Map
Created by jdawks on 02 Nov 2007
This is a great spot for walking, with fantastic coastal scenery and a lovely patchwork of fields leading up to the moorland above. Coastal walks are usually one way. This one is a rare circular route, with a pub half way round - perfect.

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OS Grid SW474394
Get the Western Greyhound bus no 508 from either Penzance or St Ives. Get off at Wicca farm and stroll towards the coast (Northwards). Look for beautiful Fuschias (take a cutting) outside NT cottages and then stroll down the streamside path to the caost
OS Grid SW473405
Turn left here and head towards the SW. Look out for seals on the island just offshore. Locals imaginateively call it Seal Island. Bird life here also wonderful. Look out for Peregrine stalking the cliffs & Gannets offshore.. We've also seen lots of dolphins and basking sharks in early summer.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SW450395
Fantastic views whatever the weather. Very atmospheric spot. If you're feeling keen you could always keep going up the coast towards Gurnards Head, which is also great, and has a fancy Gastropub
About 2.50 km (~1.55 miles) from
OS Grid SW454384
Get a great pint here, though food nothing to write home about. Have a picnic on the cliffs first instead. Whilst you're here, have a look for the carved mermaid in the church (the Merrymaid of Zennor, immortalised by Michael Morpurgo). There's also a backpackers hostel with yum cake and a museum.
About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid SW465391
The fields are just great here. Lovely stone walls, Cornish stiles and hedges and the best wildflowers in the Spring, not to mention farm animals various. Spend a while, wander into the ruined chapel and if keen, turn right and head up onto the moorland for some of Cornwall's best views.
About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from

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13 Feb 2016

I did this walk yesterday with my wife. The views were beautiful. Make sure you go prepared with proper footwear. We did it in February and the path was very muddy, there are also a lot of rocks to clamber over at various points. Although the route may not be too long it does take some time to do, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time! It was dark by the time we reached the Tinners Arms, so we got a taxi back to the start. Enjoy!

20 Apr 2015

It's a nice walk indeed. And the length may well be somewhat inaccurate. The reasons are simple: distance is calculated as a straight line between the waypoints. If you look at the coastal path between waypoints 2 and 3 it's hardly straight (alas, which coastal path is these days?). Hence the difference in what the machine calculates and what the distance actually is. See also our FAQ: http://www.carfreewalks.org/content/faq.html

19 Apr 2015
Nice Walk

We did this walk today (19/04/2015) but it wasn't quite as described. The walk from the road to the coast path was 1.13 miles, the section along the coast was about 3.08 miles and the stretch back through the fields was 1.7 miles thats a total of 5.91 miles.

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